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The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the 21st Century Cures Act to promote medical innovation and mental health support.

"Reforming our mental health system has been a priority of mine since being elected to Congress," said Congressman Daniel Webster. "For too long it has been a prime example of the failed status quo in Washington, D.C."

"Washington has operated under a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach that minimizes local and community knowledge while relying on federal mandates and regulation. It should be deferring to state and local governments and to mental health providers to more effectively address mental illness in the community."

"We must assist those battling mental and substance abuse illnesses and to promote better health for all Americans. This bill makes important strides forward by investing in research and training and empowering states and community based services to better serve those struggling," declared Webster.

"Today's bill is the culmination of many years of hard work and I am thrilled to see it achieve final passage."

"I was happy to unite with my colleagues in passing the 21st Century Cures Act so we can start expediting the discovery, development and delivery of new medical treatments and cures for Americans," added Congressman Dennis Ross.

"This legislation promotes innovation in technology, provides resources to combat the growing opioid epidemic, ensures critical support for those struggling with mental health problems, and supports cutting-edge research."

"This measure also includes several important bipartisan bills and priorities that do not add to the deficit," he added.

"There are 10,000 known diseases, but we only have cures and treatments for 500 of them. 21st Century Cures will help patients suffering from those diseases by streamlining and improving the FDA's review of life-saving drugs for patients, modernizing clinical trials, removing regulatory uncertainty for the development of new medical apps, and supporting and investing in the next generation of scientists."

Key provisions of The Cures Acts include:
Webster was a prime co-sponsor and supporter of H.R. 6 and the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Reform Act (H.R. 2646), both are included in the 21st Century Cures Act.
Ross and Webster vote for passage of the 21st Century Cures Act to expedite treatments and cures
21st Century Cures
This Act represents the most significant reforms to our mental health system in more than a decade, according to Congressman Dennis Ross. Today's bill is the culmination of many years of hard work and I am thrilled to see it achieve final passage," said Congressman Daniel Webster.

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